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Constantia Glen Five Magnum 2013


Tasting Notes

Our Flagship wine. A classic Constantia blend of the five archetypal Bordeaux varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. A cool maritime climate and strict crop control results in perfectly ripened grapes that are hand harvested, meticulously sorted and batch vinified.

A dense, near opaque, ruby red wine showing incredible intensity in the colour of its core, given edge by a lively, yet firm, magenta rim.

As the wine is opened and allowed to breathe, the extremely complex FIVE 2013 presents many different layers. The first impression is that of a rich, dark, fruit driven bouquet with upfront aromas of black plums, black currant and reduced black cherries. For a fleeting moment, these characteristics completely consume the senses, but quickly give way to underlying aromas of cedarwood and graphite.

The dense dark fruit flavours are fluently translated from the nose to the palate, where silky, polymerised tannins intersect a fresh mineralty, creating an outstanding mouthfeel with a well-rounded, textural finish that lingers well onto your next sip. This is a focussed and elegant blend with fine-grain tannins showing the coolness of the 2013 vintage in Constantia.

29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 16% Petit Verdot and 6% Malbec matured for 19 months in 80% new and 20% second-fill French oak (225 litre) barrels. The wine was bottled on 13 January 2015 with only a light filtration to clarify
the wine. Credited to the cool 2013 vintage and meticulous attention paid to all winemaking practices, both in the vineyards and the cellar, this wine’s powerful structure and vibrant concentration of intricate flavours will continue to develop admirably during bottle ageing, under the correct cellaring conditions for 10 – 15 years from harvest.

Scores & Reviews

94 pts James Suckling June 2018
Cassis, violets, jasmine, plum liqueur, cinnamon stick, vanilla, baking spices and sugar plums, as well as fresh nuances of basil, cacao and nutmeg. Full body with lots of lovely dark and blue fruit for its age, which are well supported by the juicy tannins. Finishes long. Drink in 2020. A blend of 29% cabernet sauvignon, 29% cabernet franc, 20% merlot, 16% petit verdot and 6% malbec.

4 ½ Stars 2018 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Constantia Glen Five 13 authoritative, complex red continues equal parts cab & cab franc, with merlot, petit verdot & malbec. Richly textured layers of dark fruit in powerful, compatible partnership with oak (80% new, 18 months). Balanced with a long, distinguished future.

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